Hatteras, Ocracoke asked to limit electricity overnight

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PANTEGO, N.C. (WAVY) — Residents on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands are being asked to limit use of electricity Tuesday morning while crews energize a new Hatteras Island transmission line.

Heidi Jernigan Smith with Tideland Electric Membership Corporation said during the transmission line conversion, both islands will be operating on emergency generator power, and if the electric loads are too much, there will be power outages.

The generators will be active from 12:01 a.m. Tuesday until sometime before sunrise, Smith said.

Officials suggest the following energy conservation efforts during the transmission line conversion: shutting off swimming pool pumps, water heaters and air conditioning systems.

If a power outage occurs, islanders are asked to shut off all but one household breaker that controls interior lighting. Residents can turn breakers back on one at a time, once power has been restored for 15 to 20 minutes.

Smith said the longer the power is off, the more important it is to shut household breakers off to avoid electric system overloads when power is finally restored.

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